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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip >> 30s Review

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Dave is planning to marry his new girl-friend. While Alvin, Simon and Theodore were initially excited about it, after meeting Miles - their to-be stepbrother, and under the assumption that Dave will lose them after marriage, they now fear it. So they join hands with their enemy Miles, to stop this marriage from happening.

Will they succeed?

Rating: Green - a fun-filled non-sense affair with irritating nasal chipmunk voices. Complete entertainment till the last scene - worth a watch!
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Spotlight >> 30s Review

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Spotlight is the oldest continuously operating investigative journalism unit in the US. It is now on a case about child sexual abuse in a church, and how the perpetrator was allowed to get off the hook.

While investigating the matter they realize it's not a one-off case - there are many many more - and the truth is more dangerous and murkier than they had imagined. Will they be able to finish their research and publish the story?

Rating: Green - a movie about the real Spotlight team - on an unusual and sensitive topic. Well-made and keeps you hooked till the end. Though you can expect it to be inaccurate as most such movies are.
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Lucy >> 30s Review

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Lucy is turned into a drug mule by the mafia - she has to carry a powerful synthetic drug in her stomach. When she's captured and beaten up by local goons the drug packet ruptures and the drug leaks into her system. This has an unimaginable effect - as she starts getting access to the untapped parts of the human mind - turning her into an all-powerful being. But the clock is ticking.

Will she be able to take revenge from her captors in time, and be able to survive?

Rating: Green - an unusual concept, well executed. Would've loved to see her turn into a marvel like super-hero - but nevertheless, this is a good movie to watch!
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Fan >> 30s Review

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Aryan Khanna is the King of Bollywood. Gaurav Chandna is his biggest fan, totally obsessed with him, willing to go to any extent for his idol. But when Gaurav harms a rival actor Aryan rebukes him. Broken-hearted, Gaurav becomes Aryan's biggest enemy, and using the similarity in their looks, turns Aryan's life upside down.

With no one willing to believe his story, Aryan has to step up himself to protect his family, his career and himself. Will he succeed?

Rating: Yellow - this is one of those many SRK movies that had the potential to be one of the best movies of all time, but ends up as an average one because of shoddy storylining/screenplay. A decent watch nevertheless!
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens >> 30s Review

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The Galactic Empire was destroyed, but has been replaced by the First Order; and, the Rebel Alliance is now known as the Resistance which protects the New Republic. Luke has been away for 30 years now, and as the First Order becomes stronger he is badly needed to ensure the New Republic survives.

The Resistance has got a map to his location, and Kylo is constantly attacking them to get it from them. Will the Resistance be able to find Luke?

Rating: Green - a great comeback movie for the Star Wars Franchise - continuing the story from the 1983 movie Return of the Jedi. A very smart job has been done in modernizing the VFX while retaining the feel of the original. Must watch!
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Burnt >> 30s Review

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Chef Adam Jones had it all - including two Michelin stars. But he lost it all due to drugs and his arrogance.

But, he's trying to start again - in Paris - vying for the elusive 3rd Michelin star. He also needs to get a team of superb 'kitchen-stars' together but he hasn't got the money.

Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - an excellent movie about the stress in the life of a chef who couldn't handle success! Gripping - right till the end.
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Manjhi: The Mountain Man >> 30s Review

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One day Dashrath's wife Phaguniya, slipped and fell from the mountain while taking food for her husband. She died. Dashrath's mad love for his wife turned into anger as he set out to avenge her death by breaking the mountain.

Will he succeed?

Rating: Yellow - it's different! A well-told story about the real Manjhi. The facts may have been twisted, but the movie isn't bad. Decent watch!
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Ghayal Once Again >> 30s Review

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After completing his jail term Ajay Mehra starts Satyakam, a newspaper focusing on investigative journalism. And he has built a brand, a network of undercover operatives and a big fan following among the youth.

Four teenagers, who are also his die-hard fans, accidentally record a murder while on a photography expedition. A murder by the most powerful men in the country. As everyone turns on them, including the police - they have just one hope.

Will Ajay Mehra be able to save them and ensure justice is served?

Rating: Green - Ajay Mehra is back - back where he left. He may be old, but he's still indestructible. One of the rare action movies with a strong, though simple, story behind it. Must watch! 
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Deadpool >> 30s Review

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Wade Wilson, a former agent who's presently a mercenary, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He wants to live for his love. He is approached by a scientist who conducts a rogue experiment - which gives him accelerated healing powers, but destroys his pretty face in the process.

Now he is out there with his morbid sense of humor wanting to take revenge from the man who did this to him. Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - a classic anti-hero with a sense of humor, complete opposite of Super-man. Completely loveable! Worth a watch!
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Sicario >> 30s Review

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Kate Macer, is an idealistic agent, whose entire team has been killed by a bomb. To punish those responsible she joins the FBI mission to eradicate the drug cartel responsible for the attack. This takes her to the US-Mexico border, where the world doesn't work the way she thinks it works.

Will she succeed? Will she come out of this alive?

Rating: Green - a suspense thriller that keeps you gripped onto your seats till the end. As raw a representation of one of the crime capitals of the world as it can get. You may want to avoid watching it with toddlers.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes >> 30s review

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Caesar, a chimpanzee, gains human-like intelligence and emotions after being treated with an experimental drug. The drug's creator Will Rodman raises hims like a child.

Due to an incident he is taken from Will and put in an Ape sanctuary, where the apes are ill-treated. Disheartened by the happenings he steals the drug he was infused with from his home and gives it to the other apes in the sanctuary - thus, creating an ape army.

With humans and apes on collision course, what will become of the two species - who will rule Earth?

Rating: Green - a superb story, with great visual effects, keeps you hooked right till the end. Must watch!
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Planet of the Apes >> 30s Review

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Leo Davidson, a space traveller, has an abrupt detour through a space time wormhole landing on a strange planet where apes rule over humans, who are considered stupid and treated as slaves.

His only hope of getting out of the planet is to reach the sacred temple within the Forbidden Zone, where shocking secrets about the past of the planet await him.

What are these secrets? And, will he survive?

Rating: Green - a very different story combined with great screenplay and superb visual effects make this one worth a watch!
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Sultan >> 30s Review

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Sultan Ali Khan's love for Aarfa results in him taking up wrestling, and soon become a star wrestler. However, in that journey of becoming a star wrestler he becomes arrogant and loses his child and his love.

Coming to the present day, he is in dire need of money to fulfill his dream of opening a blood-bank so that no one else loses their child due to blood unavailability. To do so he joins the national MMA league, where a victory will get him the prize money to fulfill his dream. But its been years since he last fought.

Will he regain fitness and stamina? Will he be able to win?

Rating: Yellow - a decent time pass. Typical Salman Khan movie with stupid comedy, stupid drama, and stupid action to keep you entertained.
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Daylight's End >> 30s Review

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Rourke is a lonely survivor after humanity is almost finished due to a virus that turned humans into zombies. He stumbles upon a band of survivors in a lonely place - and agrees to help them escape to a sanctuary.

Will he succeed?

Rating: Yellow - a typical zombie movie, full of action and blood. Decent time-pass.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest >> 30s Review

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McMurphy, a criminal sentenced by court, pleads insanity, landing him into a mental institution. Once there, he realizes the miserable life that the clients live - even those who are there voluntarily.

He starts a fight to change the way things are - breaking rules at will. Will he succeed or succumb?

Rating: Green - a movie that exemplifies that great actors with a great story can create magic without any special effects. This film is regarded as one of the top 100 of all time - and, it is totally deserving of it.
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13 Hours >> 30s Review

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Team of 6 CIA contractors are out in Libya to defend an unofficial base in Benghazi. The ambassador of US who is visiting the base is staying in a compound close to the base.

One night the compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed local militia. His only hope are the 6 contractors. Will he survive?

Rating: Yellow - based on the real story of the Benghazi attack, the movie has decent action and screenplay. If you can ignore stupid American arrogance, this is a decent time-pass!
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The Great Gatsby >> 30s Review

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Jay Gatsby, a millionaire, is the biggest celebrity in town - known for his lavish parties attended by the who's who of the city. Nick Carraway, is a writer living in his neighbourhood - and drawn by the lavish life of the mysterious guy.

But, once he enters his world, he realizes that it is full of obsession, madness and tragedy!

Rating: Yellow - this is almost an art film that would not suit everyone's taste - however, it is worth a watch for the opulence, the acting and the unusual storyline.

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Independence Day >> 30s Review

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An alien species has arrived on Earth in space-ships that are technologically far ahead of anything on Earth. And they are not friendly - they are here to occupy Earth and Earthlings haven't got a chance. Except maybe in those things which make us uniquely human.

Will we be able to save ourselves?

Rating: Yellow - a dead-beat concept with a long- drawn and somewhat boring script, especially when you have stuff like Star Wars to watch!
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Ant Man >> 30s Review

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Dr. Hank Pym has invented the most lethal of all weapons - a suit that can decrease the size of a human and increase his strength manifold. But after realizing how harmful it could be for humanity he hides it. However, his former mentee manages to steal one.

Now he must take the help of a con-man Scott and train him to be Ant-man, so that the world can be saved!

Will Scott perform?

Rating: Yellow - a decent time pass. Not the most interesting super-hero - Marvel should have just clubbed the special abilities of this suit into Iron Man ;)
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Bridge of Spies >> 30s Review

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James Donovan is the defense lawyer for Rudolf Abel, who has been arrested on charges of espionage against the US. Everyone hates him for taking up the job to protect the country's enemy. Things get complicated when an American fighter pilot Francis Powers is captured while on a mission over Soviet skies. Donovan is expected to lead the negotiation and get Francis back in lieu of Rudolf.

Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - a classy cold-war movie about the behind the scenes actions. Amazing acting and gripping screenplay make it a must watch!
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Spy >> 30s Review

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Susan is a 'behind the scenes' analyst for CIA. When he on-ground partner disappears and identity of all agents is compromised, she has to step in to prevent a major global disaster.

Will she succeed?

Rating: Green - a funny spy film with Jason Statham action - couldn't get better!
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Kung Fu Panda 3 >> 30s Review

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Po's real father has come looking for his long lost son. And he takes Po back to the secret Panda land, where there are many more like him.

But trouble is lurking in the shadows - in the form of Kai, the supernatural villain who has defeated all Kung Fu masters in China. Now, it is upto Po to train his clumsy brethren and turn them into an army to fight the evil.

Will he succeed?

Rating: Green - fun-filled, action flick that takes you into a different world!
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Baahubali: The Beginning >> 30s Review

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Shivudu is a powerful young boy. He's inquisitive about the world that exists on top of the mountain and makes repeated attempts to climb it. When he finally succeeds, his past begins to unfold itself to him - and the next thing he knows, he's standing in a war against the mighty and evil Bhallala Deva.

Will he win?

Rating: Green - the suspense, twists, great visual effects and excellent background score make this movie a must watch!
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Before Sunrise >> 30s review

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Jesse, an American tourist, and Celine, a French student, meet on the train to Vienna. Jesse likes Celine and proposes her to stop over and spend the day with him in Vienna.

What will happen during the course of the day - before the next sunrise?

Rating: Green - a soft romantic movie. It's all about love - the kind you'd want to watch with your love, on the day of love!
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Jarhead >> 30s Review

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Anthony Swofford has enlisted for the marines and somehow makes it through the training to become a sniper. As war breaks out, his unit ends up in Saudi Arabia - waiting for war. Waiting.... waiting.... waiting....

And, then it comes... complete with blood and fire. Will Swoff survive this?

Rating: Yellow - a decent behind the scenes war movie. Brings out the reality of what war is - boredom and death, not testosterone and death.
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Jurassic World >> 30s Review

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It's been 22 years since the failure of the original Jurassic Park. Everything is going well, when hell breaks loose due to human greed. To maintain the high visitor rates, the park officials need to bring in new attractions. The only way to do it now is to create genetically modified ones.

And, they have done it. Created a genetically modified monster - who is now on the loose - out to destroy it all.

Will it succeed?

Rating: Green - an excellent reprise of the franchise with best in class special effects.
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Legend >> 30s Review

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The Kray brothers are the rising force in the 60s' London. Ron Kray is a blood-thirsty psychopath, whereas Reggie is the sensible guy. Reggie falls in love with a local girl Frances, and as he marries and wishes to settle down, he tries to build contacts and legitimize their businesses. But, Ron will have none of it and is about to destroy everything.

Will Reggie be able to save their business and his marriage?

Rating: Yellow - a decent movie based on the real life story of the Kray brothers, with amazing acting. But too gory and violent to be recommended as a must-watch.
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The Last Witch Hunter >> 30s Review

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Kaulder, the witch-hunter, is cursed with immortality by the Queen Witch, when he kills her. But he does not know that she is being resurrected - she's coming back to seek revenge from him and kill all humans.

Will he be able to save himself and the humans?

Rating: Green - a pacy, super-natural action flick
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The Firm >> 30s Review

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Mitch McDeere is a brilliant guy set to become a great lawyer. He is approached by 'The Firm' that offers him lots of money, and showers him with gifts. He gets pulled to the luxurious life, oblivious to the dark secrets of the Firm.

It is only when two young associates are murdered, and FBI asks him for information that he realizes he's in some serious trouble.

Will he, and his marriage, be able to survive 'The Firm'?

Rating: Green - an excellent suspense thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end.
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Steve Jobs >> 30s Review

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Steve Jobs is the successful CEO of Apple. However, things are taking a downturn - he's about to be fired from the company he found for numerous issues, and he has a daughter from an illicit relationship that he refuses to own. While he's a millionaire, his daughter and her mother live on welfare.

Will he be able to save his job? Will he own his daughter?

Rating: Yellow - a decent movie about a person many love - for his creations, and many detest - for his self-centric personality. Focused more on the behind of scenes happenings that have been away from the public eye.

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